Approximately 1 in 89 people in the USA are affected by Graves’ disease*. (1) The importance of prompt diagnosis and management of this autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid function cannot be stressed enough due to its progressive nature. Even with the proper administration of these preventive steps, however, patients are still likely to develop other complications in the future such as hypothyroidism. (2) But as with many diseases, the patient can take certain measures to contribute in the success of the treatment and minimize the disease’s impact on the quality of life.
Listed below are some of the organizations where Graves’ disease sufferers may find more information such as recent studies and treatment options as well as support groups and local conventions which would hopefully aid in understanding the disease better.
- Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation (GDATF) – This is a non-profit organization that features a lot of important tools for Graves’ disease patients including a forum to share personal experiences brought about by the condition, volunteering opportunities, and fundraising events.
- American Thyroid Association (ATA) – While primarily an organization for research professionals, ATA is an excellent source of reliable patient-friendly information and even offers a find an endocrinology – thyroid specialist service.
- Living With Graves’ Disease – Coping with Graves’ disease can be a complex task inherent to the disease’s psychological impacts on the patient. Living With Grave’s Disease has a lively forum to discuss these experiences as well as educational tools.
- National Institute of Health – The NIH is a vast network of healthcare researchers and other professionals dedicated to unraveling the complexities of living systems. Its research database is an invaluable resource available to those who seek deeper understanding of various diseases.
*This value is an extrapolation. For more information please visit http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/admin/preval.htm#rates